August 11-15, 2019
This intensive-week long training clinicians will learn advanced skills and practice under the direction of Ana Gomez, the HOW TOs of EMDR therapy with children. This training will teach in depth case conceptualization using the AIP (Adaptive Information processing) model, attachment theory, affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and the polyvagal theory. In addition, preparation strategies and EMDR games that will provide children with a solid foundation to face traumatic material will be thoroughly presented. This level is recommended for clinicians starting to use EMDR with children or clinicians that need the foundational skills. A thorough hands on approach is used, as Ana Gomez will walk participants through the eight phases of EMDR therapy with children with simple and complex clinical presentations. This advanced training workshop will provide step-by-step strategies that will assist clinicians in following EMDR therapy principles and procedures while meeting the developmental needs of children. Clinicians will learn how to make EMDR therapy successful and effective for children. Participants will be able to develop the skills and strategies that are necessary for case conceptualization and the effective implementation of EMDR therapy with children. Theory and practice will be combined within a small group setting to provide a very tangible experience.
Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a national and international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy and other adjunct approaches with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries, and dissociation. Ana was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award.” She is a trainer of trainers for the EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA, and she is the founder and director of the Agate Institute in Phoenix. Ana is the author of Dark, Bad Day Go Away: A Book for Children about Trauma and EMDR Therapy, the Thoughts Kit for Kids, Stories and Storytellers, the Thinking Mind, the Heart, and the Body: A Book for Children about Healing and EMDR Therapy and the co-author of All the Colors of Me: My First Book about Dissociation. She has also authored several chapters in books on the use of EMDR therapy with children. Her latest book is EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociation. Ana has also developed several programs and protocols, such as the EMDR-Sandtray protocol and an attachment-informed EMDR program for parents and children to heal intergenerational trauma.
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
12 pm to 1 pm- Lunch
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Participants will be able to:
- Describe case conceptualization components with children using the Adaptive Information Processing model
- Explain how to use the symptom informed treatment planning model.
- Identify key factors when establishing the client’s readiness for EMDR treatment.
- Discuss how to work with cultural values with in EMDR treatment and the AIP model.
- Apply the attachment theory, affective neuroscience, Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Polyvagal theory and how they actually support the AIP model.
- Explain what happens in the brain and body when trauma occurs using metaphors and child friendly vocabulary.
- Use more than 6 different ways of introducing trauma and EMDR therapy to children.
- Demonstrate playful strategies to do float backs and develop the EMDR treatment plan with children.
- Describe resources for stabilization and affect regulation that are suitable for children.
- Describe specific criteria for identifying when, how and for which children RDI is appropriate.
- Identify how to use scents and smells to stimulate the recall and use of safe place and other resources.
- Use EMDR games to help children get acquainted with the procedural steps of EMDR therapy while helping children develop cognitive, emotional and sensory literacy
- Discuss creative and playful strategies to assist children in identifying the NC and PC.
- Demonstrate playful exercises to explain and obtain the SUDs and the VOC with children. Participants will learn how to make children acquainted with the measure scales of EMDR therapy prior to using these scales during assessment and desensitization phases.
- Use playful strategies to make the assessment phase easy to follow and understand for children.
- Identify how to work with children with sensitized sympathetic and parasympathetic systems will be addressed as well as children with avoidant, disorganized and anxious attachment strategies.
- Use interweaves suited for children that: Address issues of safety, address issues of responsibly, and address issues of power.
- Identify how and when to intervene and when to stay “out of the way”.
- Discuss specific decision-making markers to select and interweave
- Use play therapy strategies during the installation, body scan, reevaluation and closure.
- Use playful and friendly strategies when doing the future template with children.
- Describe cognitive, somatic and affective interweaves.
- Recite basic tenets of: polyvagal theory, affective neuroscience, and how they relate and complement the AIP model.
- Recite procedural steps of the eight phases of EMDR therapy
- Develop case conceptualization skills and treatment plans based on the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP), attachment theory, affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and the polyvagal theory.
- Develop advanced skills in treatment plan development and will have advanced supervised practice in global and phase specific case conceptualization.
- Develop basic and advanced skills in preparing children for EMDR trauma processing. This includes resources for stabilization and affect regulation as well as strategies to identify targets using developmentally appropriate float back and mapping strategies. In addition, playful and fun ways of identifying targets will be covered such as: the memory wand, memory boxes, mask and many others
- Use concrete and playful strategies to engage children during the assessment phase. In addition, clinicians will learn advanced strategies to set up processing sessions to optimize the child’s integrative capacities. These strategies are especially helpful when working with children with sensitized sympathetic nervous systems and children with sensitized dorsal vagal systems.
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